Saturday, March 17, 2007

St. Patrick's Day miracle

I know what you're thinking -- you didn't even know Ireland played cricket.
Neither did I, and neither did Pakistan, apparently.
On this fine St. Patrick's Day in Jamaica, the Irish cricket team beat Pakistan by three wickets in the World Cup, 133-7 to 132.
The win for Ireland marks one of the biggest upsets in cricket history. The loss eliminates fourth-ranked Pakistan from the competition.
Niall O'Brien struck fro 72 Irish runs, while Andre Botha (hey! He doesn't sound Irish!) took two wickets for just five Pakistani runs.
About 1,500 Irish fans -- "the Blarney Army" -- accompanied the team to Jamaica for Ireland's inaugural World Cup appearance.
My, how they have been delightfully surprised.
Ireland were not expected to win any matches. They finished second-bottom of the recent World Cricket League, beating only traditional strugglers Bermuda.
It was actually a day of upsets, as perennial losers Bangladesh surprised mighty India by five wickets, 195-5 to 191.
So, after you raise that GREEN BEER FOR IRELAND, raise another for BANGLADESH!


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